Staff Christmas party is the perfect time to celebrate everything that has been achieved throughout the year, and also to enjoy some time with your colleagues outside of the office.
Don’t embarrass yourself though by observing the following Do’s and Dont’s during the party.
Even though attendance is often optional and you dread the office Christmas party, make an effort to show up.
Show that you’re part of the team and get to know your co-workers outside of work. You may even make useful contacts as well as friends.
As the Christmas party is still a business function, dress appropriately. Ask your manager or colleagues what they’ll wear if you’re not sure of the dress code.
Being on your phone and sitting in the corner isolate yourself so much. Put your phone away and socialise. To those you wouldn’t regularly talk to, introducing yourself — you could even build your social network, in terms of interpersonal relationships.
Be a team player and take part in games or other activities.
It’s your chance to celebrate and enjoy as you’ve worked hard all throughout the year. It’s one of the most important pieces of advice to take with you to the party.
It’s alright to relax and have fun at the Christmas party, but remember that you have to observe propriety. Be professional and leave a good impression.
Set a time to leave and know when to call it a night. Arrange a transport home in advance, especially if you’d have a drink.
Although the free bar can be tempting, you’ll regret making a fool of yourself in front of all your colleagues and be talked about the next day. Hopefully, your boss won’t witness the inebriated and foolish you. And also:
- eat something starchy beforehand
- don’t mix your drinks
- stay hydrated
- know your limits.
Try to avoid talking about work during the party. Enjoy yourself and your co-workers’ presence by not reminding everyone about tasks and deadlines.
The Christmas party can be an opportunity to get to know your colleagues better. Share your plans over Christmas and what you look forward to in the new year.
Show interest by asking questions to find out more about your team members, apart from work-related stuff.
Stay positive! It’s a celebratory occasion so it’s not the time to be a party pooper — complain about your boss, moan about work-related issues, tell someone how you really feel about them, or gossip behind someone’s back.
Avoid talking about controversial subjects with colleagues, like politics and religion. As you don’t want to offend someone, keep your opinions to yourself.
Avoid slipping out early as time and effort had been spent organising your Christmas party. It may be perceived as unsociable and rude.
Enjoy the food and take the time to mingle. Spend a reasonable amount of time at the party.
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